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Oregon reporter embraces fear regarding wolves

[large thumbnail url=”oregon-reporter-embraces-fear-regarding-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”31″] [thumbnail icon url=”oregon-reporter-embraces-fear-regarding-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”31″] Wolves dug up a cow carcass, were seen in the open and caused a rancher to have to scare them away from his livestock… but based on this article, you would believe things were a lot worse in Oregon.

Kathleen Ellyn, writing for the Wallowa County Chieftain, penned an article titled Wolves at the door: Wallowa County ranchers face their worst fearsĀ which manages to present a handful of events as the death knell to Oregon ranching and as the title suggests, encourages significant fear about the presence of wolves in the state.

You can read the entire article on the Wallowa County Chieftain website.

Such statements from the article include (in no particular order):

Then, on March 19, some squirrel hunters saw six wolves in the open, in the middle of the day, just up the canyon from Patton’s house.

“…All my cows and calves were in the far corner of the field, bunched tighter than tight, like musk ox do when they face a predator. I was sure we’d find a dead calf.”

This is the quote Ms. Ellyn chose. The latter part of the story reveals that no dead calf was found.

Riggs and Steen also discovered that the wolves had dug up a dead cow Patton had buried about a half mile east of the ranch.

So, wolves would rather dig up a cow buried than go after one of the living cows. Interesting.

If the wolves ignore or skirt the RAG box, or if a non-collared wolf arrives, Patton’s newborn calves could be torn to pieces before he got close enough to wave his arms and shout.

A RAG box is a deterrence device which triggers when a collared wolf goes near it. It makes a lot of sound, and lights and will generally scare the wolves away. I actually like that the writer brought this up, and I really like that the rancher chose to use these devices. This paragraph is, however, fascinating in it’s wording and placement.

The article goes on, quoting and then undermining numerous statistics and then selectively presenting the position of the Defenders of Wildlife.

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